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Dr. Karen Nichols on Physician Leadership Skills

“All physicians are leaders,” said American Association of Physician Leaders CEO, Dr. Peter Angood. But leadership requires effort and training. The guest on this episode of Sound Practice is Dr. Karen Nichols, author of the recently released, “11 Skills Every Doctor Needs To Be and Effective Leader,” Dr. Nichols proves useful categories of skills and strategies to build these skills. Insightful and comprehensive, Dr. Nichols helps physicians expand their executive abilities.

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At the Intersection of Technology and Healing: Trends in Medical Informatics

At the Intersection of Technology and Healing: Trends in Medical Informatics

Medical informatics is helping push the frontiers of knowledge and treatment of patients. Unimaginable data sets can be manipulated and analyzed to yield amazing results. While patient privacy and data security concerns still abound, no one can deny the benefits flowing from medical informatics. On this episode, we will speak with Dr. William (Bill) Hersh about the rise in medical informatics and the career opportunities that progress in informatics.

Dr. Hersh is the Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

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Physician-Assisted Death with Author, Katie Engelhart

The topic of physician-assisted death is both sensitive and complex. It involves medical ethics, state law, and religion. In this SoundPractice episode we will explore the status and facets related to physician-assisted death. Through the lens of states that permit physician-assisted suicide, veteran journalist and healthcare author Katie Engelhart guide the discussion.  Her new book, The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die was released earlier this year. This episode aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the topic with insights from Ms. Engelhart, an award-winning documentary film correspondent, a past producer at NBC News, and a foreign correspondent for VICE News. Her book, The Inevitable moves beyond margins of the law to the people who are meticulously planning their final hours—far from medical offices, legislative chambers, hospital ethics committees, and polite conversation.

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Dr. Shannon Prince on Racial Justice in Healthcare

The pandemic has cast new light upon healthcare disparities. Vaccine hesitancy in minority communities has led to further discussions of infant mortality and other care disparities. On this episode of SoundPractice, we speak with Shannon Prince, PhD, JD, author of the new book, Tactics for Racial Justice:  Building an Antiracist Organization and Community.  Dr. Prince provides both disturbing statistics and practical suggestions to combat healthcare disparities. Her book is offered to SoundPractice listeners at a discount., discount code FLY21.

This is an important topic that directly impacts millions of Americans. You will find Dr. Prince’s idea thought provoking on this episode of SoundPractice.

Shannon Prince, PhD, JD

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Dr. Paul Offit on COVID-19, Vaccines, and the History of Medical Innovation

In this episode of SoundPractice, we welcome Paul A. Offit, MD.  Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Offit offers a historical view on vaccinations mixed with cutting edge COVID-19 research.  He also discusses the misuse of the terms, “vaccine hesitancy,” and “breakthrough cases.” 

He’s the author of the recently published new book, You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation.  In his book he covers nine (9) medical advances that have caused us to live 30 years longer than we did 100 years ago…and the human price to pay for knowledge.

Dr. Offit’s perspective is intelligent, informed, and one that needs to be heard.  His thoughts on COVID-19 will better equip you to interact with patients and the public, while functioning as a physician leader.

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A Seat at the Table: Sara Larch on Serving on a Board of Directors

President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that read,“The buck stops here.” It was his reminder that the ultimate decision-making authority rested in his office. President Truman’s sign should sit on the board of directors’ conference table in most healthcare entities.

As a national expert on healthcare governance, Sara Larch is well suited to guide us through the world of selection and service of members of boards of directors. Sara Larch brings 30+ years of industry experience in large physician groups in Integrated Delivery Systems and Academic Medical Centers, and eight years at Deloitte Consulting as Managing Director and National Leader of the Physician Enterprise (PE) practice.

Whether you aspire to sit on a board or already a member, this episode of SoundPractice will be valuable to you. Ms. Larch helps us understand what characteristics are looked for in potential board members. She lists questions candidates should ask before agreeing to serve. Ms. Larch walks us through new member orientation and techniques to become an effective member of the board. This episode of SoundPractice is a “how to manual for members of board of directors.

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Cybersecurity in Healthcare with Director Julie Chua from HHS

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this BONUS episode of SoundPractice highlights an interview with Julie Chua, PMP, CAP, CISSP, Director of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Division of Health and Human Service’s Office of Information Security. It follows a prolonged period of ransomware attacks on healthcare systems and providers. In fact, ransomware attempts, and attacks have been so severe and pervasive as to harden the cyber insurance markets. Medical devices, emails, laptops, personal phones, fax machines interconnected with billing systems or the hospital EHR – are all risks for healthcare organizations.  Director Chua provides sources of governmental assistance and useful recommendations. She makes a strong case for cyber being included in enterprise risk management planning and why cyber safety is also patient care and patient safety. This episode offers an important briefing on a critical issue by a high-ranking federal official.

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Trends in Physician-Led Healthcare Reform, Cutting Costs Without Sacrificing Patient Care, and a Suggested Public Option, with Ken Terry

Ken Terry is a journalist and author who has covered healthcare for over 25 years. Ken has served as technology editor of Medical Economics Magazine. His latest book is Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: A New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership. Ken Terry and host, Mike Sacopulos, discuss current trends in healthcare reform, a look at the political landscape in mid-2021, and a suggested public plan that Ken published on the Health Affairs blog, “How A Public Option Could Hold Down Costs.” Whether or not the US embraces Medicare for All, cost controls will be paramount.  And only physicians know how to cut costs without sacrificing patient care.

Ken Terry

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Bioethics During a Pandemic: Missed Opportunities, Lying Patients, and Disparities in Patient Outcomes

Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, is Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado.  He previously directed the AMA’s Institute on Ethics for 15 years. Given Dr. Wynia’s training in infectious diseases, public health and health services research, host Mike Sacopulos discusses a range of ethical issues in medical practice including the following:

• Factors that caused our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, what happened to the playbook for pandemic response?

• The ethics surrounding vaccine mandates. 

• The need to improve systems that impact physician practice, not the need to improve physicians. 

• Some research surrounding patients that are not truthful with their physicians.

• Patient safety and racial disparities in outcomes, care delivery as medical errors, implications for physician leaders.

As a bonus, Dr. Wynia discusses the application of the study of art to the practice of medicine.

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Logistics in the Age of Pandemic: Managing Your Health System’s Supply Chain

COVID-19 has provided a steep learning curve for healthcare systems managing their supply chain. In a flash, PPE became as difficult to acquire as a popular child’s toy at the holidays. In this episode of SoundPractice we speak with Dr. Thomas Tsai about his experience and research on supply chains. Dr. Thomas Tsai is a surgeon and health policy researcher in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

How can hospital leaders work with clinicians on safety across the supply chain including delivering care and measuring care?  How to look at human capital as a supply chain factor, investing in the pipeline for a robust workforce?  How can healthcare systems predict short term demands upon the supply chain? What unintended consequences did the suspension of elective procedures trigger? This episode will help your organization prepare for the next unexpected surge in demand for care.

Dr. Thomas Tsai

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